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Film Explores the Rich and Complex History of Horse Creek Valley
June 6, 2011
The Aiken County Historical Museum and Storyline Media have recently completed a broadcast-length documentary film tracing the history of Horse Creek Valley.  The area stretches roughly from the headwaters of Horse Creek at the Edgefield County line to the Savannah River and from the city of Aiken to the town of North Augusta, SC.  A gala premier of Horse Creek Valley:  A Tale Worth the Telling will be held at 7 p.m., Thursday, June 9th, at the Museum.  The event will be a fundraiser for the Museum and refreshments will be served.  The cost is $40 per person or $55 for a couple (with the DVD included).
The original concept of the film was conceived by the Museum's Executive Director, Elliott Levy, who came to Aiken five years ago and was enthralled by the intricate stories of the Horse Creek Valley area.  "This area is just so unusual," said Levy. "Some of the most influential and important people of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries passed through this Valley.  This story simply had to be told."
Storyline Media also saw the need for a documentary about the Valley. "we went all the way back to the beginning, when the waves of the Atlantic Ocean were crashing on what is today called 'the fall line,' to show how this unique geological feature determined the lives of the people who lived in Horse Creek Valley," said Chris Koelker, one of the directors and writer. Jamie Koelker, the other director and producer of the film's visual style, observed, "It's striking that so much of what occurred in the Valley over the last two centuries is directly connected to events in this country and around the world. It's far from being an isolated area in the Deep South, but is a microcosm of American history."

The film features interviews with more than a dozen experts in geology, archeology, anthropology and history. Local residents also add to the story with their own accounts of specific incidents and their recollections. It was funded by support from the Aiken County Historical Museum Commission, the Friends of the Aiken County Historical Museum, the Aiken County Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department, the Irene Trowell Memorial Education Fund, Major-General Irene Trowell-Harris and the Humanities Council of South Carolina.

In addition to the June 9th gala at the Aiken County Historical Museum, a free public showing will be offered at 7 p.m., Tuesday, June 14th, at LBC Middle School.

Horse Creek Valley: A Tale Worth the Telling will be broadcast on South Carolina ETV in July.

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